Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/10

Benedict XVI celebrates the canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI canonised six new saints at Mass in St Peter’s Square yesterday (full text of homily, full text of Angelus address).

The Church in Northern Ireland has rejected the First Minister’s claim that the local school system is a “benign form of apartheid“.

Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has suppressed a Catholic association of hermits.

Simon Sarmiento rounds up this weekend’s news and commentary on the Personal Ordinariate in England and Wales.

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney tells Vatican Radio that he was “immensely pleased” to be present at the canonisation of Australia’s first saint (audio).

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ says that the life of Mary MacKillop’s Jesuit priest brother was almost as eventful as her own.

Fr Z welcomes the appointment of Fr Massimo Palombella as the new director of the Sistine Chapel Choir.

The Nineteen Sixty-four blog investigates why so few American Catholics recognise Church teaching on the Real Presence.

Fr Tim Finigan passes on the US bishops’ ideas for the worldwide Vigil for All Nascent Human Life on November 27.

Colum Kenny predicts that the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland is unlikely to lead to radical institutional reform.

British philosopher Julian Baggini urges believers and atheists to discover common ground.

And L’Osservatore Romano declares that a certain “idle, pea-brained glutton with a permanent craving for doughnuts and Duff beer” is a true Catholic.